Hot off the announcement of Smoking Gun being the Best New Coffee Shop of 2021, they smash their way into the Best Coffee Roasters in Vancouver 2021 list too!
You can expect anything from darker roasts, all the way to light and bright floral forward coffee. Sure you have to go to Chilliwack to see their cafe, but the team at Roaster Central has you covered if you want to try it in their showroom.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: I really liked this years Tanzania peaberry. It had some great juicy fruit notes to it and was really easy to brew.
Let’s face it, this wouldn’t be a respectable list if Pallet didn’t make it into at LEAST the top 3!
They’re well known for having some of the best tasting, easy brewing and repeatable coffee in Vancouver.
Their range goes from impossibly well-balanced espresso roasts (Benchmark) all the way to their Motive series, which highlights interesting processing methods and micro-lot farms.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: Where to start? Literally anything I have from them is gold. OK if you insist, their Holiday coffee is always a good time, but if you can get hold of anything they roast from Kayon Mountain, it’ll be a moment you won’t forget.
Every single coffee at Prototype is roasted on the above pictured tiny Bullet roasters! The end result is some truly spectacular coffee that’s painstakingly produced at the highest quality.
Prototype definitely focuses on light roast, so what you’re going to experience is bright, juicy, fruity and often very floral coffees.
That being said, they often dabble with experimental process methods that result in some pretty wacky flavour profiles.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: If budget allows, go for a Geisha and have your taste buds rocked. If you want to go middle of the pack, I often find anything from Colombia on their menu to be warm and inviting. For those of you with a sweeter tooth, they have Eggnogg lattes during the holiday period. But if you miss those, get a bottle of iced Oatmilk Flat White into your belly!
If I’m being completely honest, I was rooting for House of Funk to make it into the top 3. And for good reason – their coffee this year has been nothing short of bloody spectacular.
Head roaster, Ann Hnatyshyn, has spent 2021 working on what I consider two categories:
1) Crowd pleasers that taste damn good,
2) Mind benders that completely slap your palate around (in a wonderful way).
They’ve released some of the fruitiest and juiciest coffees I’ve ever tried, then completely changed direction the next month and launched coffees that have been aged in whiskey barrels and taste like booze!
Oh and if brewing coffee isn’t your thing. How about the fact that they released a carbonated coffee in a can this year!? It’s bubbly, zingy and packs a caffeinated punch.
Vancouver Coffee Snob Recommendation: For the crowd-pleaser, I always aim at Mellow Caramello. It’s honestly one of the best daily drinkers I’ve ever had.
For espresso, their Technicolour is absolutely my favourite to use for iced lattes in the summer.
If I want to spice things up, I’ll open my latest Omakase subscription box. It’s sent to me each month and contains two completely batshit insane coffees that truly tantalize my tastebuds.